PDGA Name Change?
Through most of its 36 year history, the PDGA name has been the subject of discussion and debate. In founding the organization, Ed Headrick chose the ambitious name “Professional Disc Golf Association” as a challenge to what the game might actually become. Ed thought that adding money to the game would build interest from the public and make play more exciting. He famously said, “When they’re putting for the cash I want to see their hands sweat.” In fact, all of the early PDGA members were actually “pros” who were playing for cash prizes, but the tiny amount of money that was available made the term “disc golf pro” an inside joke for many years. Also, the game was at such a low level of development that there were virtually no opportunities for “working pros” who could make a living in other aspects of the sport. Slowly, over the years, that has begun to change.
Through this period of our development, we’ve counted on the PDGA to be the centerpiece of our organizational development. And, that’s been a key part of the issue that has kept coming up about our name. Much of our explosive growth has been among non-professional players.
It is this very disconnect that has been the catalyst for discussions about the PDGA name over many years. This question has been raised a number of times by the membership and never resolved. It is for that reason that the current PDGA Board has agreed to take another look at the issue. However, they don’t want to make a change in a vaccum. They want ideas from professiona & non-professional disc golfers to suggest and vote on a new name.
So, think about this a bit and discuss it with your friends. Maybe even ask some non-disc golf people what they think of the idea. The Board wants to hear a wide range of opinions on this proposal before they move ahead. When you’re ready to speak up, go to the PDGA Name Survey and put in your two cents. Be sure to hurry. The survey ends January 23rd.